If you've lost teeth due to an accident, injury, or gum disease, we can create a permanent bridge to restore your complete smile. A bridge not only fills the gap, but it also prevents the repositioning of the remaining teeth. It can also correct a misaligned bite, improve chewing function and speech articulation, and provide internal structure for the face to give you a more youthful appearance.
First of all, a bridge is a prosthetic tooth (or teeth) that attaches to one or both sides to teeth fitted with dental crowns. A fixed bridge is permanently joined onto the neighboring abutment teeth (crowned teeth) and consists of three basic units: the false tooth or teeth (called a pontic) and two abutment crowns. The style of bridge we suggest will depend upon the strength and health of the abutment teeth as well as the location of the gap in relation to the rest of your dentition.
If healthy adjacent abutment teeth aren't available, a surgically-implanted metal post, known as a dental implant, may offer a solid alternative. For a bridge that replaces many teeth, we may recommend a removable partial denture or implant-supported prosthesis. With the proper care, a fixed bridge may last at least 8 to10 years.
If you have questions about crown and bridgework or any other dental prosthetic, call our Milwaukee dental office. We will be happy to discuss the options and schedule your evaluation.